College Personal Essay

Submitted By Juan0likeyou
Words: 593
Pages: 3

For each of us there is someone who has helped make a difference in our lives and it’s those changes that define and make us who we are. The most influential person who has impacted my life greatly and helped me become the person I am today is my older brother, Steven. From the time of my birth it was Steven who would took care of me whenever my mother has some other engagement to attend to. A little boy at the age of eight, he’d stay and play with me until my mother would come home. My mother never once had to worry about anything happening cause she knew whatever it was, Steven would make sure I was safe.
When I came to the United States at the age of two with my mother following the arrival of Steven and my two older sisters, Jordan and Asia, life changed dramatically. We found ourselves in a strange new land, the language spoken was difficult to learn, and the culture of the people differed greatly from the culture I grew up in the Republic of Madagascar. Fortunately, with the help of some locals who had immigrated to the US from Madagascar we were able to adapt to life in America.
During my years in junior high I was battling depression and suicidal thoughts. Ashamed of myself and fearing the reaction of my family I began withdrawing myself from everyone. Before I knew it, I was purposely isolating myself from everyone that I loved. Things like school, grades, family, and true friends meant absolutely nothing to me. I did as I pleased and refused to let anyone boss me around. Ironically, I left my true friends who I had known since the second grade and made new ones. Although I was greatly accepted by my new friends I felt more alone than ever. Refusing to admit that I was in fact miserable and needed help, I turned to inflicting pain on myself instead. Whenever I’d be alone I’d take a piece of glass or a knife and cut myself. The pain I felt as blood flooded down my arm kept my mind off my misery and for a moment I’d feel as if nothing could tough me. As years when by, I lost a great amount of blood and slimmed down…